You Learn As You Go

April Fool’s Day

Lydia and I got up early to make the boys an April Fool’s breakfast. We made “eggs and buttered french toast” which was actually peaches and cream and cinnamon cake with a starburst on top. For dessert we made “cake pops” which were actually meatballs covered in mashed potatoes with sprinkles. Liam cried when he bit into the meatball. I guess when expecting cake, that is pretty gross. When asked why he was crying he stammered through tears “I hate mashed potatoes!” He doesn’t. We were cracking up. He didn’t think it was funny. Poor little guy.

Boys Campout

Jared took Liam camping with Brandon and his boys. Liam was in heaven and wanted to “live there”.



Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise

This was one of my favorite family vacations. The shows were outstanding. The food was divine. The weather was perfect. We had so much fun and were so spoiled. Disney definitely does it right! They kids loved the kids room. Liam wanted to go all the time. We let him go to some of the special events like making slime with Stitch and making volcanoes with a mad scientist. Every time we came to pick him up he cried. We loved every minute of the trip.

At Nassau, Bahamas we walked to Junkanoo beach. Jared and I soaked up some sun while the kids swam and played in the sand. We walked through a little bit of the town before heading back to the ship. At Castaway Cay we snorkeled, read, relaxed, ate, and walked the island. It was beautiful! We can’t wait to do it again!




Happy Valentine’s Day!

For Valentine’s day we showered the kids with gifts and fun heart shaped food. Jared and I went zip lining over the weekend to celebrate. It was a blast! We had a great day together.


feeling the Holy Ghost

Lydia came up to me today and I wish I could have recorded our conversation. She never ceases to amaze me.

L- Mom, Dad was teaching me the other day about feeling the Holy Ghost. He said that when we do something kind for someone we can feel the Holy Ghost.

Me- That’s true.

L- Well, today at school I think I felt the Holy Ghost.

Me- Cool. What happened?

L- Well, we were supposed to clean our desks out but mine wasn’t messy because I am so organized (obviously she does not lack self-confidence). But Tyler’s was really messy so I helped him clean his desk. It took a long time and we were still cleaning and organizing his desk when everyone else was playing for recess. But I wanted to help him and I think I felt the Holy Ghost. I really have no idea what that feels like, but I think I felt it.

Me- I’m sure you did. How did you feel?

L- I just felt good and happy.

Me- That’s exactly how it feels. I’m so proud of you for helping your friend and recognizing that you felt the Holy Ghost.

And then I scooped her up in my arms, breathed her in, and held onto her for as long as she’d let me.

night to shine

Jared and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Night to Shine event sponsored by the Tim Tebow foundation. I’ll be honest I had no idea who Tim Tebow was before this. Haha. The foundation puts on a prom for special needs guests who get the red-carpet treatment and are each crowned prom king or queen. It was the sweetest night! We were able to meet many of the guests and then escort their parents to an event especially for them while their child had the time of his or her life. I left with a full heart and a deeper gratitude for God’s plan for each of us. It was a night I will always remember and something that I hope I can be a part of year after year.